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It looks like ZTE is working on a new handset for T-Mobile's exclusive benefit. Its codename is Olympia, and its model number will be Z970. The image you can see on the left shows it and has surfaced yesterday, while today more details about the phone have emerged. The ZTE Olympia will be a big phablet, coming with a 6-inch touchscreen. We don't yet know what its resolution will be, unfortunately, but at that size it should be at least 720p if it's to keep people's eyes from bleeding while counting its pixels. It has an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 0.9 MP front snapper - so this isn't going to be a selfie addict's choice, presumably. The Olympia has support for microSD cards and a sealed battery that's apparently beefy enough to get through a day of use - which means we're probably dealing with something around 3000 mAh. The source of all this info wasn't able to run benchmarks on the phone, so it's unclear what chipset is being used, or how much RAM it has. It is however said to be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and a near-stock variant no less. It does come with some T-Mobile apps preinstalled, though, such as Visual Voicemail, T-Mobile Hotspot, and MyApp. Wi-Fi calling is a go and it can be accessed through the Settings menu. And as you may have expected, the Olympia prominently features T-Mobile's logo on its casing. The new ZTE phablet has reportedly already been in testing for the past two or three months, making a release in the near future very likely. Its performance is decent, it seems, as its price will probably be too. Source 1 • Source...


Verizon has posted its earnings report for the second quarter of this year (April-June), and things are looking very good for this particular carrier. All of the numbers it reported are up, some by a lot compared to last year's Q2. In fact, this is its sixth consecutive quarter with double-digit growth in operating income and earnings. The company added 1.4 million new postpaid subscribers. Interestingly though, only 304,000 of those were contracts for phones, compared to 940,000 in the year-ago quarter. That's because a whopping 1.15 million are actually tablets using a Verizon data plan. And it's likely that most of those were activated by existing customers adding LTE-capable tablets to their contracts - which they can do starting at just $10 extra per month. Verizon's revenue for the second quarter was $31.5 billion, the highest it's seen in over a year and a half. Its total operating income was $7.7 billion this time around ($1.01 earnings per share), which is 17.2% more than it got in 2013's Q2. The carrier now boasts 75% smartphone penetration for its postpaid plans, up from 72% last quarter. Source |...


In a recent research paper which highlights back doors and surveillance mechanisms in iOS devices, security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski brought to light some potential issues with the mobile OS that could potentially be used to compromise user privacy. The paper argues that people with inside information of how iOS 7 operates could use vulnerabilities which are coded into the source code to install applications or extract data from devices, even without assistance from Apple. Apple does have the ability to provide law enforcement with SMS messages, call history, contacts, videos and other media to law enforcement with a valid search warrant, but Zdziarski argues that advanced techniques exist to provide third parties with that information through ulterior methods. This allegedly includes more data than Apple can provide even as required by law enforcement, including deleted items. iOS has since issued a statement to Financial Times journalist Tim Bradshaw, which was published on Twitter: "We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues. A user must have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer before that computer is able to access this limited diagnostic data. The user must agree to share this information, and data is never transferred without their consent. As we have said before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products of services." It's worth noting that Zdziarski has stated that he's not looking to create a Snowden-esque security emergency with his paper. Instead he wants Apple to remove the questionable services from iOS devices, or at the very least to provide some level of disclosure as to why they're there. Source | Via |...


Nvidia officially announced today its long-awaited Shield Tablet. The slate is geared towards gamers and packs quite a punch with an 8" IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and the company's monster Tegra K1 chipset. It's comprised of a 2.2GHz dual-core Cortex A15 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 192-core Kepler GPU. This allows the Shield Tablet to output 4K videos through its microHDMI port as well as stream games from a GeForce GTX-powered PC through the Nvidia GameStream technology. The front and rear cameras of the tablet are both 5MP, while the battery is quoted to endure 10 hours of HD video playback and 2-4 hours of gaming (depends on the graphics intensity). The internal storage can be expanded by up to 128GB thanks to the microSD card slot. The gaming slate comes with Nvidia's DirectStylus 2 passive stylus which is GPU-accelerated and allows for cool drawings thanks to the Nvidia Dabbler app. What's not included in the package though, is the company's new Shield wireless controller. It costs extra $59 and uses Wi-Fi Direct rather than Bluetooth to connect to the tablet because of the lower latency. Up to four controllers can be connected to the Shield Tablet, which can stream to Twitch from both the front-facing camera and the game you're playing. The Shield Tablet comes in a 16GB Wi-Fi and 32GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE flavors and costs $299 and $399, respectively. Expect it to hit the US in the coming weeks, while the Europe and the UK customers can order one from mid-August. Source |...


O2 is getting to exclusively offer the Glamour Red version of the HTC One (M8) in the UK. Currently, the carrier is offering the Amber Gold and Metal Grey color options and the new color option will be available on August 4. The red version of the HTC One (M8) is currently available on Verizon, too, but this is the first time the red hue is hitting Britain. HTC is also prepping up an Aqua Blue version of the phone and there's also a pink version in the works. The red version of the HTC One (M8) was snapped in a few live photos before and it certainly looks fantastic. O2 will offer the phone on contract with its Refresh tariff as well as with Pay&Go option for £620. Source |...


The yet to be announced Nokia Lumia 530 showed up at Vietnamese web shop Mainguyen. The store previously listed the Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Duos and Galaxy Pocket 2 before they were announced and the specs proved very accurate. If the new Nokia Lumia 530 specs are to be believed, the phone will be a fairly minor upgrade over the current Lumia 520. The screen is still 4" big but with 480 x 854 resolution, a minor change from 480 x 800 to bring it to 16:9 aspect ratio. This one will have ClearBlack tech though, which might make a big difference in sunlight legibility. The chipset has been moved to a Snapdragon 200 with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, presumably Cortex-A7 but could be an A5 too. In either case we're not sure it's much of an upgrade over a dual-core Krait. The built-in storage has been cut in half (4GB) and the RAM is still at 512MB. The Nokia Lumia 530 will reportedly the same 5MP / 720p camera as its predecessor and the same 1,430mAh battery. A compass has been added to the limited sensor array of the Lumia 520, but on the downside the phone grew thicker - 11.7mm, up from 9.9mm. The specs of the site confirm the 530 is a dual-SIM device (the FCC already certified it). It will be available in Grey, White, Orange and Green. The image on the product page shows a blue phone, so it's either a placeholder image or there's one more color option. Keep in mind those specs might be wrong, previously we were seeing rumors of a 4.3" screen. However the dimensions from the FCC match with those of Mainguyen - 119.7 x 62.3mm, practically the same as the Lumia 520 so chances of a bigger screen are slim. Source (in...


The iPhone 6 isn't having the rumormill all for itself, as today the Chinese media has published reports for the upcoming iPad Mini 3 and a 12.9" iPad. As per the reports, the upcoming iPad Mini is going to be 30% thinner than its predecessor. Because of this, Apple is allegedly going to call the tablet iPad Mini Air. Additionally, the next iPad Mini is going to feature the Apple A8 processor, manufactured by TSMC. The current iPad Mini 2 measures 7.5mm, so a 30% thinner iPad Mini 3, if the rumors are true, is going to be just 5.25mm thin. The current thinnest tablet below 10.1" in the market is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, which measures 6.6 mm. The 12.9" Apple iPad wouldn't be released before 2015, according to the reports. Analysts in the beginning of this year also expressed a prognosis for an 12.9" Apple tablet dubbed iPad Pro. David Hsieh (VP of the Greater China Market at DisplaySearch) says that Apple's tablet shipments for 2014 would remain unchanged compared to last year, because of a stagnation caused by the march of the whitebox tablets. In less than 9 hours, Apple is going to have its Q3 earnings call and we'll see how its tablet line-up is doing. Source |...


Xiaomi brought its lineup to India - it sold out all available units of the Xiaomi Mi 3 in just 38 minutes and 50 seconds and is already setting up for the next batch. Registrations for the Mi 3 reached 100,000 yesterday, but it's not clear how many actual units Xiaomi moved. If you missed this one you can register for the next Mi 3 sale. The registration window closes on July 28, after which the phone should be back on sale. This is a kind of publicity stunt - Xiaomi gets to announce that their phones sold out in record times as an indication of high demand, but the relatively limited availability is in large part responsible for the store running out too. Still, at INR 14,000 ($230 / €170) the Xiaomi Mi 3 is nothing to sneeze at - it has a 5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 chipset and a 13MP / 1080p camera. Note that the model being sold is the 16GB one - there's no microSD and the 64GB option is not available in India. Xiaomi's pricing strategy for storage is very aggressive - the 64GB model was recently cut to just $50 over the 16GB model. Still, even the 16GB model cost $270 after the price cut, more than it's going for in India right now. It doesn't look like the next batch will have a 64GB option...


The recently announced LG G3 Beat, also known as LG G3 S in Europe, is now available on pre-order. The first retailer to launch such a campaign is UK's MobileFun. It's already listed the 8GB white flavor of the device. If you live in the UK you can now book your 8GB SIM-free and unlocked LG G3 S for €378 or £299. This means the LG G3 S cost about €200 below the 16GB version of its G3 flagship sibling - quite a reasonable offer. Unfortunately there is no info on the release date or approximate shipping time frame. We've checked with other popular UK retailers such as Clove, Expansys and Carphone Warehouse, but LG G3 S isn't listed just yet. LG Germany has already spilled the beans on the expected EU retail price of €349, which means the UK pricing is very close to the official one (often the retailer's suggested price is before taxes). There is still no info on the EU official launch, though the headset is already rolling out in South Korea and should be hitting the shelves in Europe in the upcoming...


LG has finally unveiled the G3 LTE-A. The device is going live for domestic Korean customers and will start selling on July 25, just as expected. The LG G3 LTE-A Cat 6 (previously referred to as LG G3 Prime) builds on the international G3 hardware but improves with a faster chipset - the Snapdragon 805 with 3 GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 GPU. LG G3 Cat 6 The LG G3 Cat 6 will also have 225 Mbps downlink capabilities in South Korea thanks to its Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 category 6 LTE-A modem. The LG G3 Cat 6 will meet the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A spec for spec and on retail shelves. The question remains, though - when will the rest of the world see these two...


Xiaomi has announced the successor to their flagship Mi 3 smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 4. The key features of the Mi 4 smartphone include a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU, 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM, 16/64GB internal memory, 5.0-inch, 1080p display from Sharp or JDI with One Glass Solution, 13 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera with stacked Sony CMOS sensor, and a 3,080mAh battery. The phone runs the latest MIUI 6 on top of Android KitKat. The phone has a stainless steel machined frame around the sides although the back is made out of plastic that will seemingly be available in different finishes, such as wood, bamboo, marble, fabric, leather, etc. We will update the article as we learn more about the device. Update: The Xiaomi Mi 4 is priced at approximately $320 for the 16GB model and $400 for the 64GB model. Xiaomi has also announced a fitness band called Mi Band that will sell for $13....


Recent statistics reports in China show that more people are going online with mobile devices than they are with computers. Out of 632 million internet users in the country, 532 million (83%) of them were using their mobile phones to connect to the web some of the time, with 512 million (81%) connecting with their PCs. What's more is that internet traffic has increased as a result of the ever-growing presence of mobile devices in the region. Overall internet use has grown 2.3% in just six months, with mobile users growing 5.4% which suggests that there are some people who exclusively connect to the internet with just their cell phone or tablet; it may be the only device that they have. The huge growth for mobile in China isn't exactly surprising; given that the mean income is relatively low per capita (around $7,333). This, combined with the new influx of cheap, quality devices that are available in the Chinese market, and you have all the makings for a society that thrives on mobile phones; making owning a computer more and more unnecessary. It might only be a matter of time before the same trend spreads to the US and Europe, especially since smartphones are becoming more and more capable devices. Source |...


Amazon's Fire Phone is packed with a lot of interesting, never-seen-on-a-smartphone-before tech, but the big question was just how the online retail giant was going to utilize all of the phone's new fancy features? Well it looks like Amazon certainly has its eyes on the gaming landscape, especially when it comes to the Fire Phone's head-tracking, eye-watching cameras installed in the device. There are two games that are being designed specifically for the Fire Phone: Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury. Saber's Edge is a pirate-themed puzzle game, and To-Fu Fury is another puzzler, but with platforming elements, a la, 'Splosion Man. So how do the titles utilize the Fire Phone's "Dynamic Perspective" feature? Well you won't exactly be tilting your head and wagging your chin to control your characters, but you will be able to take a peak around corners to see any obstacles or bonus items that are hidden away. If you'd rather not use the feature, then you can just tilt your phone, but then again, where's the fun in that? The games retail for $1.99 each, which are exclusive to the Amazon Fire Phone, which will be ship out this week. Although "Dynamic Perspective" is relegated to some basic features for these two titles, it'll be interesting to see the kind of exclusive games that are announced for the Fire Phone. In any event, it's promising to see that two apps were announced before the phone has even been made available to the public. Source |...


The Asus PadFone X for AT&T is the Taiwanese manufacturer's first offering from the family of hybrid devices to officially hit the US market. Announced during this year's CES in Las Vegas, the device consists of a high-end Android handset and...


Not a day goes by without a rumor or leak about the iPhone 6, and it's probably going to be this way all the way up to its official unveiling (which is bound to happen in September). This one, though, is an interesting detail - if it turns out to be true. Apparently the next iPhone may have a neat trick up its sleeve, namely the ability to use the Apple logo on its back as a notification light of sorts. The logo would light up when you have a notification, informing you that there's something new waiting for you even if you place your handset face-down. We've previously seen the Apple logo light up in the company's laptop line, though in that case it's only a cosmetic thing. With the iPhone 6, the feature may actually prove to be quite useful. The assumption that this will happen comes from the image you can see above, which is said to depict the final design for the rear casing of the iPhone 6. See, rear housings for the previous iPhones have traditionally been solid blocks that had the Apple logo engraved on the exterior of the phone. In this case, though, you're looking at the inside of the back panel for the iPhone 6, and you've undoubtedly noticed that odd plastic blob in the middle. That's where the Apple logo can be found this time around. It's part of that plastic bit which is inserted into a recessed area of the back casing. The plastic part is thin enough so that it can let light shine through, hence all the speculation you've just read. On the other hand, this could all be nothing more than wishful thinking, keep that in mind. Source |...


For some reason, Verizon decided to call its version of the HTC One Mini 2 the HTC One Remix. This phone first got leaked back in May, but so far it hasn't been made official by the carrier. That might change very soon, though. According to well known leakster @evleaks, the One Remix could be launching this Thursday, on July 24. HTC One Remix That probably means it will be in stores on that day, which might signify that we're bound to see an official announcement of the device any minute now. Not many hard details about its specs have been leaked just yet, but we assume that the One Remix will have almost everything in common with the internationally sold One Mini 2. If that's true, then you should expect the model with the big Verizon logos to sport a 4.5-inch 720p touchscreen, along with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front snapper. At the helm may be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, aided by 1GB of RAM. The handset could make do with 16GB of built-in storage and a 2110 mAh battery. Android 4.4 KitKat is to be...


The fourth beta version of the upcoming iOS 8 is now ready for developers to download and play with. It comes around two weeks after the third beta saw the light of day, and as you might expect it brings with it many small improvements. If you already have iOS 8 beta 3 on your iPhone or iPad, the update will come to you over-the-air. Otherwise, you can get it from the iOS Developer Center. The new iOS 8 beta brings polish all-round, and the Control Center has been redesigned. In Settings, a new Display & Brightness section has appeared, separated from the the wallpaper picker, and a Home Data icon has showed up in the Privacy section. The Bug Reporter app that came preinstalled in earlier betas has been removed, all while new options for Handoff have surfaced. The Messages section in Settings was improved too, as has been Contacts. A few tweaks have been applied to the icon for bookmarks in Safari and the keyboard settings. But perhaps the biggest addition in this beta release is the Tips app. This gives you tips on how to use iOS 8 on a weekly basis. It offers help with quick notification responses, sending voice messages, using Siri, and more. This app can't be uninstalled, but it may prove quite useful, especially for those who are new to iOS. Source 1 • Source...


Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's prepaid arms, is apparently going to add four additional smartphones to its roster in the near future. They are all shown in the leaked image below. From left to right, meet the LG Pulse, LG Unify, HTC Desire 816, and ZTE Emblem. The HTC Desire 816 has already been launched in other markets, as it was made official back in February during MWC. Virgin's variant looks the same as the international model, so we assume the specs will be identical too. In that case, expect it to sport a 5.5-inch 720p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, as well as a 5 MP front camera for selfies. It should be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, aided by 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage space. The other three devices that have been leaked are still mysteries, though, as up to this point we haven't heard anything about them. That said, it's probably safe to assume that the LG models are just rebranded handsets that the Korean company is already selling elsewhere. The ZTE phone might be that too, or perhaps a new one, tailor made to Virgin Mobile's specifications. Interestingly, the pictures show that in the future you might be able to customize your monthly plan from Virgin, with as many minutes, texts, and as much data traffic as you personally...


No less than 100,000 people have already registered to be able to purchase the Xiaomi Mi 3 when it goes on sale in India tomorrow. Earlier this month, the Chinese smartphone maker announced its entrance in India. And last week it started allowing people to register to be able to buy the Mi 3 starting on July 22. This has been done in conjunction with Flipkart, which is Xiaomi's exclusive retail partner in the subcontinent. It definitely looks like many Indians are very excited to see Xiaomi arrive in their country. Unfortunately for them, it's quite unlikely that the mobile device maker will actually have 100,000 Mi 3 units on hand to sell tomorrow. It is, after all, the pioneer of the 'flash sale' business model, whereby it only makes limited batches of products available from time to time. If you want a Mi 3 but haven't registered yet, you only have a few hours to do that still - on Xiaomi's website. The sale itself will start on July 22 at 12 pm local time. Xiaomi also plans to bring its cheaper models, the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note, to India - though that will only happen sometime next month. Thanks for sending this in,...

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